I'm not really a list or awards kind of guy, but I can't deny that being included alongside some long admired and truly amazing photographers, has put a bit of a spring in my step. Not because I've been included on a list, but because what I do has been recognised and accepted as part of an industry that seems to only follow what's 'in vogue' at the moment.
I don't follow trends and fads, it's about the photography. It's always been about the photography. I don't understand how photographers can get some swanky branding, attend a workshop to emulate another photographer, and then be able to sleep at night. Safe in the knowledge that their product has no substance.
X Factor photography I like to call it. Reward with no achievement, fame with no hard work. Everyone wants to be famous and their role models are only famous for being famous. It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world, for sure.
Advice I give to anyone that asks, is to work hard. Study and practice. It's the only way you're ever going to find out who you are as a photographer.
When I was learning to sing (I still haven't by the way) I was told to never judge my singing voice until I'd actually found it. How can you know what your singing voice sounds like if you're not actually singing yet. I still don't know, because I still can't sing. I can shout on a bit, copy some other singers a bit, but I can't actually sing.
Anyone taking up photography needs to understand this. How can you know what your photography will look like if you aren't be able to use your instrument as though it's part of you.
You can check out the list, HERE!. Get yourself a cuppa, there's some amazing work that'll delight your eyeballs.....
Hurray for lists!